North West waterways get £15m boost

The gates at Lock 83 on Rochdale Canal are being replaced Photo: Canal & River Trust The gates at Lock 83 on Rochdale Canal are being replaced Photo: Canal & River Trust
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The Canal & River Trust is investing £15m this winter on carrying out essential repairs, upgrades and maintenance work to the historic waterways in north west England.

The four-month programme will encompass projects such as replacing lock gates and dredging on the Ashton, Huddersfield Narrow, Lancaster, Leeds & Liverpool, Rochdale and Shropshire Union canals, plus the Ribble Link near Preston.

Daniel Greenhalgh, north west regional director for the Canal & River Trust, said work was carried out in the winter to minimise disruption. “With many of the region’s canals constructed over two centuries ago, it’s important to stay on top of regular maintenance and keep the waterways in good condition,” he said.

Virtual open day

This winter the Canal & River Trust is investing more than £45m in maintenance work across its 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales. Because of coronavirus restrictions, the Trust is unable to offer its usual on-site open days and instead has produced a virtual alternative featuring lock gate repair works at Brownsfield Lock 83 on the Rochdale Canal in Ancoats, the regenerated heart of the old cotton industry.

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